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IMF: world economic recovery picking up pace but still weak and uneven

The global economic recovery will pick up pace this year but remains "weak and uneven", the International Monetary Fund's top economist has said.<p>Olivier Blanchard said the "largely anticipated" recovery in global growth would see it pick up to 3.7% in 2014 from 3% last year but there was still much …

George Osborne's economic 'recovery' is built on sand

The chancellor is feeling good, very good. His critics are on the defensive. The IMF, warning only a year ago that he needed a plan B, has now had to revise upward its economic forecast for growth in 2014. Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, will reasonably argue that his plans announced on Saturday …

UK economic growth figures: what the economists say

Britain's economy grew at the strongest rate in six years in 2013, as recovery from the longest financial crisis in a century became more established. Annual growth was 1.9%, after the economy ended the year on a positive note with a 0.7% quarterly increase in gross domestic product between October …

George Osborne: 'long term economic plan is working'

Chancellor George Osborne says GDP figures, showing economy grew by 1.9 per cent in 2013, are a "boost for the economic security of hard-working people", and show that the Government's long term economic plan is "working"<p>Manufacturing grew 0.9 percent, and total industrial output expanded 0.7 …

Politics Weekly podcast: UK economic growth best since 2007

On the latest edition of <b>Politics Weekly</b>, <b>Tom Clark</b> is joined in the studio by the Guardian's leader writer <b>Anne Perkins</b> and social affairs editor <b>Randeep Ramesh</b> and on the line by commentator <b>Michael White</b> to discuss the news that the UK economy grew 1.9% in 2013. Trebles all round, Mr Osborne.<p>Have a …

Economic recovery helps the Tories - but it won't win them the next election

More than 40 years ago, the radical social historian EP Thompson wrote an influential academic article about what he dubbed the "moral economy" of the 18th-century crowd riot. The central thrust was to debunk what Thompson called the "spasmodist" school of historians who explained pre-industrial …

Economic and Social Policy and the Problems of the Eurozone and European Integration

The latest (February) issue of <i>Harpers' Magazine</i> has an interesting discussion of Europe and the eurozone, "How Germany Reconquered Europe: the Euro and its Discontents." Some of the big questions of European unity, democracy, and national sovereignty are debated in broad and direct terms not often …